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Sometimes the journey home is its own reward.Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve froSometimes the journey home is its own reward.Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store…Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service…then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love…and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?...

Title : Treasure on Lilac Lane
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ISBN : 9781250045171
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Number of Pages : 325 Pages
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Treasure on Lilac Lane Reviews

  • Carly Ellen Kramer
    2019-05-10 07:21

    Beautiful story. This reminded me of a few stories by Lisa Kleypas, which is a high compliment!

  • Sharon Redfern
    2019-05-19 02:22

    I really enjoyed this book. The second book in the Jewell Cove series, it tells the story of Rick Sullivan and Jess Collins. They were once friends and almost more but then Rick joined the service and came back wounded and emotionally damaged. After his mother's death, Rick stops drinking and starts to turn his life around.Jess has no kindness in her heart for Rick. She isn't able to see past the drinking to the reasons behind it and she's pretty nasty to him. Jess has her own issues that make her so rigid but she hasn't shared her story with anyone. When circumstances throw them together, it a bumpy road to friendship again and then beyond.It was hard to see at the beginning of the book how this could become a romance, but Ms. Alward does a skillful job of making the characters grow beyond their closed-in hearts to find love as a couple. It is not rushed or implausible and they do have slips along the way. The romance is sweetly done and the way she deals with Rick's disability is sensitive but real. Having Jess deal with her past abusive relationship and get support from Rick makes the romance stronger.I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series due out in May, 2015.

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-04-29 03:26

    I thought this was a fantastic story. From the start I didn't think there was any way this could be a love story but the author masterfully brought the characters around making the whole thing feel so real. He's a wounded veteran who loses himself by drinking. She has no patience for his drinking and is down right nasty about it. We discover she has secrets of her own. A beautiful story of acknowledging your own flaws and working like hell to overcome them for love. Very emotional read and one I recommend for everyone.

  • ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡
    2019-04-21 04:29

    This book was a little heavier to swallow than “your average romance” but it was worth the trouble. Well written plot with great characters – worth the read. For more Reviews subscribe my Blog : like my FB Page : :

  • Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
    2019-05-15 03:14

    If there is one thing that I admire most about Alward it's her ability to tell a story. Her writing flow is remarkable of course but I think it is the depth in which she pens her characters that I favor the most. Alward writes with sheer honesty and she doesn't pen light-heart romances. The plots are more inward and are far more relateable to the modern reader. As much as I am a fan of Alward I didn't enjoy Treasure on Lilac Lane as much as I thought I would. The Jewell Cove series is one of my favorite serieses but I just wasn't as involved in the storyline for this book as I wanted to be. This book isn't my favorite read but it is not one of the worst books I have ever read either. I did like some aspects of the novel but I think that Jess, the heroine came off a little to overbearing at moments. Rick, the hero however I did like. I sympathized with him and it's really hard not to since he was a Marine. I have a lot of respect for Rick and I do think that together he and Jess were able to overcome their own demons with the help of one another. At first the chemistry between the duo is a little hard to understand but as the novel progressed I think everything became a little more clearer. There were some flaws along the way mostly with Jess for me personally, but I can overlook those because this book was written about a second chance and the idea of forgiving. I think the world could use a little more of both and Alward did pen a very convincing novel that stands apart from other books written in the industry. So it's impossible for me not to applaud her in her writings. Despite the few negatives about this book that reflect on me personally I think that everyone should read not just the Jewell Cove series but anything that Alward is willingly to take the time write. She is a passionate writer and I for one will always be a reader. (This review was submitted to the publishers PRIOR to posting on GoodReads.)

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-05-20 01:24

    I really enjoyed this first book in this series, but Treasure on Lilac Lane was flat from the start. Rick is a borderline alcoholic because of PSTD and has just lost his mother. He is trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and away from the booze. Jess runs her own store and used to have a big crush on Rick when she was a teenager. she can barely stand him now because his alcoholism reminds her of her ex-boyfriend, who used to get very abusive when he drank. Rick has many friends and supporters to help him get through this rough patch in his life. Through a series of interactions, Jess is witness to Rick's recovery and gives him another shot. They become lovers even as Jess's part comes back to haunt her in the form of her horrible ex who returns because his own mother is dying.Treasure on Lilac Lane was pretty dull reading. Jess and Rick don't have any real chemistry. I found these two tepid even when they become lovers. Jess's personality was pretty underwhelming, while Rick just seemed to go through the motions of life. These two are what I would call wallpaper. Also Jess's abusive ex story line seems out of place and tacked on because other then Jess and Rick dancing around their attraction for one another, there wasn't much going on here.Treasure on Lilac Lane is pretty much a dud and a ho-hum read that is forgettable.More at Booklikes:

  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    2019-05-20 03:36

    I read the first book in the Jewell Cove series, The House On Blackberry Hill, and enjoyed it, though I was unsure about the paranormal aspect. I was also afraid that the series would turn a bit disastrous for Alward, as this isn't a forte, a bit like the Friday-Harbor-Kleypas magical realism débacle. But how wrong and glad I was to be in this the second book in the series. The hero, Rick, and heroine, Jess, are real and true, tormented and loveable and loving. The journey to their HEA is terrific and the woo-woo at a minimum. The amore is beautifully done and much more evident than in the tepid love scenes of the first novel. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, love, and transformation through it abound. If you'd like to read a more thorough, coherent review, please follow the link: received an e-ARC from the publisher, St. Martin's Paperbacks, via Netgalley.

  • Janet Friesner
    2019-04-28 00:30

    Enjoyed the second book in this series as much as the first one. It continued on with the story and am looking forward to starting the third. A very readable series and if you like authors like Jodi Thomas and Robyn Carr etc. you will like Donna Alward.

  • Christa
    2019-05-05 00:20

    This was a good addition to the Jewell Cove Series. I really liked the characters of Rick and Jess, although I thought she was too judgmental of him at times. The storyline kept my interest and I really enjoyed the Jewell Cove setting.

  • Stevie Carroll
    2019-05-11 08:26

    Previously reviewed on The Good, the Bad and the Unread:I loved the town of Jewell Cove and its inhabitants we met in the first book, so I was greatly looking forward to the arrival of the next book in the series, along with the chance to learn more about the place and the people. This time, the focus moves away from Abby and Tom of the House on Blackberry Hill and on to Abby’s new friend Jess – as well as Jess and Tom’s long-time friend Rick. So how does their romance compare to that of Abby and Tom?First off, Jess and Rick have known each other all their lives, but they’ve both suffered a multitude of losses and emotional damage since sharing a single kiss as teenagers. Rick has lost his hand, as well as a good friend and comrades, to conflict, followed not long after by losing his mother to cancer. Jess, meanwhile, has rebuilt her life following an abusive relationship, but can’t bring herself to trust men again – especially not men who drink to excess, as her ex did and as Rick has in the months between his mother’s diagnosis and her eventual death.Rick hasn’t touched alcohol since the promise he made his mother before she died that he’d stop, and he now tries to cope with his grief and memories by painting – not that he wants anyone to know that his tough-guy persona is covering up an artistic temperament. Jess runs a successful gallery for local artists and crafters and also offers classes for adults and children in a range of crafts. So the pair seem ideally matched, except for Jess’s understandable worries about letting anyone too close and Rick’s conviction that he’s not good enough for her, even without knowing what her ex did.As autumn draws on toward winter, however, the two become close personally – and for practical business reasons when Rick helps Jess with minor construction jobs around her store and home – before Jess then discovers his paintings. But Jess’s ex is expected back in town for the first time since her brother chased him away and she feels that she can’t speak up to prevent him when his mother is dying.I love all the long-standing connections between the people in this story, and the fact that both Jess and Rick have to take steps toward solving their issues separately as well as together. I’m a little sorry we don’t get to see the ghost from the first book again, but we do find out a little more about the links between Abby’s family and others in the town. I’d also have liked to see Rick paying a visit to the partner of his comrade who died, but maybe we’ll get to meet that missing link in the chain of connections in a later book, especially with so much remaining undiscovered about Rick’s birth parents.All in all, another lovely story from Jewell Cove, even if there is a slight slowdown in the middle segment, and I’m looking forward to reading about Christmas in the town next month.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-13 02:23

    I have not read the first book in this series, but that was okay. This is a good, stand-alone book. Jess lives in Jewell Cove, along with Rick. Once a teenage star in the town, Rick is now a returning veteran, trying to come with grips with his wartime service. He has lost a hand and has a prosthesis. He is falling quickly in alcoholism. He is bothered by memories of one comrade who died when he was injured. Jess is the opposite. She comes from a big, well-loved family and owns a small gift shop in town. Jess can do no wrong in everyone’s eyes. However, there is a secret lurking in her past. A few years earlier, jess had hooked up with one of the town’s young men, who turned out to be an abuser. Jess fled him and started anew, but only her brother knows about the abuse. This is the story of how Jess and Rick come together, work through their past histories and the impacts these histories have on their lives and find each other in the process. I enjoyed reading this novel. The author has dealt well with PTSD in the case of both Jess and Rick. However, for most of the book, I saw great character development of both Jess and Rick, but I really didn’t see the chemistry I wanted to see between them. There were times when I thought the two of them were definitely made for each other and went together nicely, but there were just as many times when they didn’t seem to jive together all that well, times when I wondered where the author was going with the story. In the end everything turned out well, but getting there for me just was not easy. In addition to this budding romance, there are other fascinating twists and turns in the story line, but they really remain secondary to their romance. As can be expected, the town is a typical small town, with lots of colorful characters/residents, most of whom have a history together and interact with each other as you would expect from small town residents. The author has definitely got the small town aspect down pat and it rings true. I think this is a book anyone who enjoys romances will enjoy. Like so many others, it takes place in a small town and delves well into the daily lives and routines of small town residents while letting the reader enjoy the Jess Rick romance as it develops. I only wish the chemistry between Jess and Rick, as I said, had been stronger. Still, it is there and it is real. After reading this book, I am going to look for the first book in the series, so I can learn more about the characters I have grown to like and am interested in. I received this from NetGalley to read and to provide and honest review.

  • Srivilasica
    2019-05-13 03:37

    Summary: Rick Sullivan is back after an honourable discharge from the Marines. He was one of Jewell Cove's star athletes and heartthrobs before he joined the Marines. Now he is far from the hometown hero everyone wants him to be; he is a raging alcoholic, who has lost an arm and has nightmares from his time in active service.Jess Collins come from a large and loving family and owns a gift shop. Although she seems to be doing great, she was once in an abusive relationship with another man from the same town. Jess fled him and started a new life with the help of her brother Josh, who warned him away from her.Jess’ cousins and Josh are great friends of Rick, and she had crush for him when she was a teenager. However, because of her past, she cannot tolerate his drinking and always lashes out at him.This book by Donna Alward is about how Jess and Rick come together, cope with their past and find that the spark between them is indeed true love.My thoughts: This story should have been written as a full-length, standalone novel, without being fettered to a series based on locality. The issues discussed here are far more complex than is suitable for a light, romantic read.This could be just a quirk of mine - although I like the cover, I don't think it suits the story. Rick and Jess worked their way around their difficulties although at times I felt they were never going to do so. I wish the chemistry between Jess and Rick had been stronger.I liked that Jess was sensitive about Rick’s disability. However, I did not like her scepticism when it came to his attempts at staying sober; her reaction was disproportionate to what she experienced in the past.Despite the negatives mentioned above, I was predisposed to like the book maybe because she wrote Christmas at Seashell Cottage, which I had reviewed earlier. Just as in that book, Donna has described the dynamics of a small town well in this also.Note: The publishers, St. Martin's Paperbacks, gave this book to me in exchange for an honest review. I thank them for that.All my reviews are at My Two Pennies' Worth

  • Gerd
    2019-05-06 03:25

    After finishing "House on Blackberry Hill" I originally didn't intend to return to Jewell Cove, but then a discount coupon for a book came in the mail - and, more importantly, I really did like Jess as a side character, so I was naturally curious to see how she would do as main.And I'm glad I didn't hold myself up to my promise not to return, because I enjoyed this second instalment a lot. Jess, as already stated was a favourite character, and while I couldn't quite place Rick, I knew that Donna has a fine hand at writing hurt characters.And for me those two really delivered, there's not this awkward instant sexual tension between them which frankly marred "House on" for me, but a slow, gradual build of trust.Not saying that the book is free of some (faintly) purple passages: Before things went further, he opened the drawer of his nightstand and took out a condom, putting the foil packet on top of the stand. He wanted her to know. Know that he was prepared. Know that he would take care of her … And he did. Twice, before sleep finally overtook them as they curled together under the bedding.That was one of those "Ooo-kay..." moments while reading which essentially keep it from reaching a five star rating from me - honestly, while it made me smirk to read that, I couldn't help but wonder if Donna was consciously going for humorous there or just being modest.Either way, I prefer this almost sex scene to others you get to read in the genre, it is just that the humour, intentional or not, felt ill-fitted to the serious themes running through the book - war trauma and abusive relationships.I guess another thing that keeps this from a Donna's-best-works list for me is that the end somewhat fizzles out. For a large part it seems that "Treasure on Lilac Lane"* like "House on Blackberry Hill" is bound for a dramatic, adrenalin filled finale, which then never comes.Not that I didn't enjoy the end we got, I was just expecting something else.*And what's the deal with that "on" emphasis in the titles?

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2019-05-01 06:22

    She was 17 and he was 20 when she finally got her first kiss from Rick Sullivan behind the sand dunes. He was part of the family really, he was her brother and two cousin’s best friend. Jess Collin now 28, is still pissed that her brother Josh and her two cousin’s Bryce and Tom are still friends with the guy that kisses her once then runs away and joins the Marines. Then, he comes back missing a hand and has PTSD. Like that’s not enough he finds out soon after returning that his mom is dying of a terminal cancer. So, what’s a guy to do with all that pressure, anger, and fear? Well, for Rick he turned to booze in a big way. Causing him to visit the “Pokie” a couple of times care of his best friend and Jess’s cousin now the Chief of Police Bryce. Not plus the gal he’s been crushing on for forever is not one of his biggest fans now, for sure. She in fact bashes him every chance she gets.But, on her death bed Roberta, Rick’s mom ask that Rick stop drinking for good and he did promise her. Doing so he releases, all errs that have happened to him, by painting, it calms him. It really saves his life. I enjoyed this story just so much. It had so much emotion is just the short amount of pages that it had on my kindle phone edition. It tells such a loving story of what one of our service men goes through as he tries to acclimate himself back into his life. But when you get to much put on you all at once like Rick does it takes a strong woman like Jess the most unlikely person to just be your friend again. They learn to form a civil open line of communication which is really nice. Not easy but nice. I give this story 5 stars. Provided by Net Galley.Follow us at:

  • Connie N.
    2019-05-11 02:37

    Very nice romance set in a small town in Maine. This is book #2 of the Jewell Cove series, and I enjoyed the warm friendships and pleasant characters, with enough stress and strife to keep me interested. Since I didn't read #1 in the series, I was a little confused about some of the conversations referring to what happened previously, but it only served to make me interested in seeking out that book, and only detracted a little from the current story. Both main characters, Jess and Rick, and facing their own demons on their own rather than sharing their worries with anyone else. They are both stronger than they realize, but their isolation is eating at them both. When they get together, they find themselves connecting on several levels, and the reader gets caught up in their stories, rooting for their success. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did since the characters, especially Jess, rubbed me the wrong way at first. She was so incredibly judgmental of Rick that I found her totally irritating. But as I learned more about her history, I found myself drawn to her and starting to understand where she was coming from. Same with Rick, although he didn't annoy me as much at first. The pace of the story was quick, despite the slowness of their romance, and the confrontations definitely kept my interest. The "mystery" was OK, but it was a little confusing since I didn't have the back story from the first book of the series. All that being said, I look forward to the next in the series and hope it's about Josh, Jess's brother. He's a great supporting character.

  • The Book Worm
    2019-05-07 00:39

    Treasure on Lilac Lane is book two in the Jewel Cove series by Donna Alward. After reading book one (The House on Blackberry Hill) and loving it so much, I couldn't resist downloading book two. And I'm happy to say that it's every bit as good as book one. I had never read anything by Donna Alward before, but now I'm definitely adding her to my list of favorite authors. There's more romance and a bit less suspense in Treasure in Lilac Lane than there is in The House on Blackberry Hill, but the story will keep you hooked just the same. I loved Rick and Jess. They have both been hurt in the past but both are working on their issues. For Rick the path to recovery is very difficult and I thought Jess was being too hard on him at the beginning of the book but, bottom line, they were perfect for each other. The only detail I didn't like was Rick's family connection to Abby (who inherited the house on Blackberry Hill on book one). No spoilers here, you have to read it but, in the end, I think the author was trying a bit too hard. The result was so complicated and with so many coincidences coming together that I had a hard time believing it. It doesn't sound realistic at all. But by then I was so close to the happily ever after that I felt it was really a small detail and that the story flowed perfectly even if I overlooked it. So, all in all, Treasure in Lilac Lane is a wonderful romance novel and you'll be sorry to see it end. Totally recommended.

  • Lis Carey
    2019-05-18 01:27

    Rick Sullivan was Jewell Cove's golden boy when he left home to join the Marines, a star athlete and the reigning heartthrob. He came home from Afghanistan wounded in both body and soul. He's struggled with alcohol, anger--and the painful months of watching his mother die. There's no question Rick is damaged.Jess Collins has struggled with her own issues, including an abusive relationship that only her brother Josh knows the truth about. Now she's happy running her her art shop, Treasures, and only a little bit wistful about her siblings and her Arsenault cousins one by one finding lasting relationships.It's really inconvenient that Rick Sullivan, who now seems to represent everything she's learned to be wary of in a man, is at least as attractive to her as he was when they were in their late teens.Alward deals skillfully with the complexity of the emotional minefield that both draws these two together and keeps them apart. The slow emergence of Jess's secrets, Rick's secrets, and secrets from the past neither of them knows about add a depth and a richer texture to the growing relationship. The tight-knit Collins and Arsenault families weave a warmth into that texture that makes this even more satisfying.Recommended.I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Psusan
    2019-05-04 01:29

    Treasure on Lilac Lane is not a light romantic read. Christmas at Seashell Cottage was that kind of story but Treasure on Lilac Lane is a deeper read. Donna Alward writes with honest sensitivity in this story of a veteran who is dealing with lasting injuries both physical and emotional. The character, Rick is definitely the walking wounded. At the beginning I felt like Jess concerning him, with sympathy but not very hopeful. He grew on me as Jess continued her interactions with him. I find Jess to be a treasure herself, though the book is named after her craft shop. Before long, I was rooting for them. Jess deserved an honorable man while Rick deserved to overcome his difficulties and setbacks. Ms. Alward writes with good characterization development, allowing us to see the real life struggles of her characters. In addition, the plot is strong with an authentic feel to the story line. Her descriptions continued to give me a sense of the setting of small town life for Rick and Jess. This is a wonderfully written story of former friends reconnecting to help each other, and then finding love. In the end, it is a feel-good romantic read. Yeah, there are some bumpy spots for them, but isn’t that the way life is? It wouldn’t have been believable any other way.Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Ionia
    2019-05-08 08:20

    In the beginning, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous in the series, but that changed soon enough. Within a few chapters I was happily settled back into Jewell Cove and loving this story. Once again, Donna Alward reminded me why she has become one of my very favourite authors. Her characters are heartfelt and her story is captivating, bringing together everything you want in a romance as well as a small town atmosphere that allows you to feel close to the characters. She handles tough subject matter such as death and addiction with grace. In this story some of the characters from the previous book take centre stage, whereas before they were supporting cast. I love the way this author connects her characters through more than just family relationships and friendships. Through the use of common places, the local diner, the jobs the characters do and the course life takes them in, they develop bonds with one another and with the reader. I am looking forward to seeing what she does next. Recommended for those who like depth in their stories and want to feel like they are part of something special. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided by Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  • P.e. lolo
    2019-05-08 05:36

    A fascinating story about a war vet coming back to his home town to bury his mother and to work out his own PTSD since leaving the Marines. He is also having to deal with a certain women that he thought he was over when he left after high school. She was a few years younger than him but her family grew up next to his mothers and she was always around. They now are both dealing with feelings and emotions that neither one has experienced in their lives for a long time. They fight being together because each enjoy being by themselves, so friends come up with ways to put them together and once they are they start to work out the issues between them but also in them. He has a few things that he has not told anyone, until her and he finds out something that had happen to her. When you finally think you are at the end there is still one last bit of information that puts the story to rest for the time being. At times this a very emotional book, but a very good story with both lead characters being strong, but at times weak, which adds to the book. I really liked this book very much. I got this book from net galley.

  • Jessi
    2019-05-02 08:21

    Rick Sullivan and Jess Collins are both damaged, mentally and physically. So it makes sense that two such wounded warriors, who have always been attracted to each other, would eventually fall in love (is that a spoiler if this is a romance?)Rick was a soldier. He lost his best friend and his hand in one horrible gun fight. He started drowning his sorrows in alcohol but quit when his dying Mother asked him to. Jess is highly scornful of Rick's drinking which makes sense when we learn (fairly Daley in the book) that she was in an abusive relationship where alcohol exacerbated the problem.(view spoiler)[I really liked that Jess and Rick had such deep issues. And that Rick goes back to his therapist. But they still seem to be solved awfully fastI also had issues with the sheer number of things that happened to these two - Mark coming back, pregnancy, intrusive family. This would have been much better had they not romanticized accidental pregnancy and cut out some of the chaff leaving room to gointo a deeper story of any one of those problems. (hide spoiler)]

  • Paula
    2019-04-22 00:21

    Treasure on Lilac Lane begins with an ending of life and ends with the beginning of life. In between is plenty of small town drama. Not the least of which concerns Rick a returning wounded veteran who is still struggling and failing in many ways. Donna Alward does not gloss over his problems but develops his character warts and all. The contrast between Jess’ ex, Mike, and him shows him to still be hero material. Jess is strong minded but is dealing with her own set of issues. I could have understood her not wanting to get involved with Rick. However, Ms. Alward does an excellent job of using these two characters to illustrate that love is worth the work sometimes needed.This is a story that rings with authenticity especially now with so many returning veterans. Realistic and yet compassionate writing puts it all into perspective. Love and forgiveness can still work wonders. Thank you, Donna Alward.Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-08 05:12

    I enjoyed this modern romance set in a town called Jewell Cove. If you have not read any others in the series you will find a lot of unfamiliar names but it is easy enough to follow the main characters and let the others be peripherals. Summer sees an influx of tourists and the book covers a few months to Christmas.A girl who runs a handcraft shop and is going to be bridesmaid for a pal, finds that a man who went off the rails since coming home from the army will be best man. He's now minus a hand, and the artificial one is awkward when he works on the whale watching boats. He's also recently lost his mother so life is not easy. But it turns out that the girl didn't have it easy either while he was away, and they start to get along when they can grow out of their teenage sniping.There are good life lessons and a heroine to cheer for, while the hero proves to have some hidden talents. Enjoy.

  • Eileen
    2019-05-12 05:23

    I liked this story and how it evolved. Rick had a lot to deal with since he returned from Iraq. Now his mother has passed away and he's on his own. What doesn't help is that Jess Collins wouldn't cut him any slack for his drinking. Since he made his promise he's been trying hard to stay sober and straighten out. Jess had her own demons to deal with and they to came back to haunt her. Together they made one another whole. I liked how each of them had an outlet for their own therapy. The ending was a bit awkward because of the trust issues because they were both at fault but he had to make the first move. Didn't understand that but it all worked out in the end. Definitely they are a work in progress.

  • Abbi Wilder
    2019-05-07 02:25

    This is Jess and Rick's story and I'd been looking forward to reading it for a long time. Both Jess and Rick have a lot of baggage they have to put aside in order to give themselves in a relationship and they have the support of the community to help them. I loved how the community (Abby, Tom, Josh) continue to be a part of the story. It's like being there amidst all the festivities and small group conversations. Happy to be a part of Tom and Abby's wedding and to see a HEA for Rick and Jess. Especially because they both have to deal with things I'm all too familiar with. Like with the first book, I was smiling when I finished Treasure on Lilac Lane.

  • Lyn
    2019-05-17 01:21

    This is book two in the Jewell Cove series. It does read as a standalone book. This is not a light read, there are twists and turns. It is a book that talks about alcohol, bickering, abuse, distrust and finally friendship and second chances. The characters are well developed with strong personalities. If you like challenges and can stay through until the end; this is the book for you! Enjoy! NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Paperbacks provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Ann
    2019-04-30 02:36

    2nd in the series, this one is as yummy as the 1st. Rick and Jess are the stars of this book but we are reunited with many from book 1. We are also lucky to figure out that book three will hopefully be Dr. Josh's book. I like books with hero's who aren't perfect but try to make the best of things. This is a great holiday read.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-21 00:36

    I wanted to read Rick's story ever since the House on Blackberry Hill. Alward didn't disappoint. He's a wonderfully tragic hero. I was thrilled when he got his happy ending. Looking forward to book 3!

  • Audrey Bramhall
    2019-04-30 02:21

    Good storyEnjoyed this story about two wounded people finding their way to love. I liked the way the author connected with the characters from her first book in the series.

  • Joanne
    2019-05-09 03:15

    Another great story by Donna Alward!! Can't wait for the next book in this series to come out!